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Eberle named WHL player of the year

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
Eberle had 50 goals and 106 points in 57 games this past season for the Regina Pats (photo: Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oil Kings).

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Edmonton Oilers prospect Jordan Eberle has been named the 2009-10 WHL Player of the Year and recipient of the Four Broncos Memorial trophy.  The Western Hockey League released their 2009-10 award winners earlier today at their annual Awards Luncheon held at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta.  Eberle was also a unanimous pick as a 1st team Eastern Conference All-Star, which is the second time in his career he was named an All-Star (2007-08).

Eberle, the Oilers first round draft choice (22nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft,enjoyed an outstanding 2009-10 WHL season.  The 19-year-old, Regina, Saskatchewan native scored 50 goals and added 56 assists for 106 points in just 57 regular-season games for his hometown team (Regina Pats), finishing second in WHL scoring, one point behind Calgary’s Brandon Kozun.  Eberle’s 1.86 points-per-game average marked the highest points-per-game average for any WHL player since the 1998-99 season.

The 5’11”, 184lb forward finished tied for second among all WHL players with 19 power play goals, and also tied for second in shorthanded goals with six on the season.  In addition, Eberle was selected among the 3 Stars in 26 of 57 games he played, earning the 1st Star selection 13 times.  The leading goal scorer in Canadian National Junior team history recorded at least one point in 50 of 57 games he played this season.
The Western Hockey League is easily the best producer of players and it gets you easily the most prepared for the next level. I've had a great four years in the Western League and I feel like I'm ready to step into pro. -- Jordan Eberle.

At the conclusion of his WHL season with the Pats, Eberle was assigned to the Oilers top American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, where he played in 11 games, recording six goals and eight assists for 14 points.  He made his professional debut in 2008-09 with the Falcons, tallying nine points (3-6-9) in nine games.

Eberle beat out the Western Conference Player of the Year, Vancouver Giants forward Craig Cunningham. He is now the WHL nominee for the CHL’s player of the year, which will be announced at the Canadian Hockey League Awards on Saturday, May 22nd in Brandon, Manitoba, which is all a part of the week long Memorial Cup festivities.

Eberle has compiled 155 goals and 155 assists for 310 points in 254 games through his four years with the Pats.  He was selected by the Pats in the seventh round (126th overall) in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft.
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